Paper Turquoise

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Intro: Paper Turquoise

Make beautiful faux turquoise with old newspaper and basic supplies like glue and piant!

Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

Blender

Strainer

Americana Acrylic Paints in Turquoise, Green, Red, Black and Brown

Wax paper

White school glue

Paintbrush

Newspaper

Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss

Step 3: Blend the Paper

Blend 2 large sheets of newspaper in 1 quart of water to create a pulp

Pour it over a strainer to remove about 95% of the water

Add 1/4 cup white school glue and mix

Create clumps and balls and place on wax paper to dry

*Make smooth balls for beads and bumpy clumps for stones Let dry under a desk lamp overnight

Step 4: Paint the Stones

Drill holes in your round beads and pendants

Paint the "rocks" in different shades of green, turquoise and red

When they're dry, paint them with watered down black and then immediately wipe of most of the black with a damp cloth

*This will leave black in the creases and divits

Try watering down brown to give more texture Dust the "rocks" again with more color

Coat them with a generous amount of Minwax Polycrylic and let dry

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    Mark MontanoCookie_Lover_48

    Reply 2 years ago

    One of my favorite projects ever. Just a suggestion, try using a roll of cheap TP to make your paper pulp. Also works really well!

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    Mctiggr

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Mark,

    Such a cool project!! Is the blender able to be cleaned and used for food purposes afterward?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Mark MontanoMctiggr

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hey McTiggr, I have a blender from a yard sale that I use for my projects, but I'm thinking that a run through the dishwasher is all you really need. You don't have to add the paint to the blender, you could just blend the paper first and then add the paint in the bucket? Might make you feel a bit more safe about using it for food afterward.

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    wandona

    3 years ago on Introduction

    How heavy are these after they're finished? Can you wash them? I'm asking because I was thinking of putting them on shirts.

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    Mark Montanowandona

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Wandona, I don't think it's a good idea to wash them since they're paper. They are coated, but I'd still refrain from it. They are not heavy at all, BTW, super light.

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    pia2004

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I thought you were going to show us how to make the metal bracelet part too?? Is that some sort of painted metal piping?

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    Mark Montanopia2004

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hey Pia, it's actually copper tape and you can buy it online. Check amazon.com and put it copper metal tape in the search.

    Hey Sarah, I tried something recently that worked very well. I used a roll of cheap TP the same way I used the newspaper and it worked beautifully. It made little clumps just like a stone would have. Have fun and dry them under a heat lamp on wax paper for a quick dry with no sticking! Mark

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    boatingman

    3 years ago

    This is easily the best faux-stone project that I have ever seen. Thank you. I will be doing this soon. I also use a good bit of Bondo and Plaster of Paster, always having a bit left over. I'm willing to bet that this painting technique would be great on that.

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    Mark Montanoboatingman

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks boatingman, It was actually my little brother who discovered it in kindergarten many years ago by accident. I think he was trying to make something else and it ended up looking like a very convincing stone!

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    NathanSellers

    3 years ago

    Hey, this is really cool. What a good idea. I'll have to try it out.

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    Mark MontanoNathanSellers

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hey Nathan, you can get some really good results. Experiment with the colors and when you use the black, add some layers of brown and gold. Looks great!

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    SkidBacon

    3 years ago

    nicely done sir! my mom wears plenty of turquoise and this is a very convincing faux stone.

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